Thursday, September 18, 2014

Hydracentials Sporty 25 oz Insulated Bottle Review

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I have been chomping at the bit to share this review I received with you. In one word, this bottle is AMAZING! I am sooo in love with this Hydracentials Water Bottle. 

Since I sing with our praise team at church, lead the Cub Scout group my son is in and just generally have to do a lot of running, I always try to keep water with me. I have had trouble finding a bottle I could easily take with me that could keep my water cold AND keep it from sweating all over the place. 

This one does all that and is highly impressive! I can easily fill this bottle up on the go with 25 oz of my favorite water, lemonade etc and hit the door. 

I don't have to worry about this sweating on me since it is double insulated and metal on the outside. It doesn't leak like other bottles do either. This bottle is easy to clean but you can't wash it in the dishwasher.

I have been literally taking this bottle with me everywhere we go. And let me tell you something. I have left this sitting on the counter after we return and the next afternoon there's still ice in the bottle! I mean still chunks of ice and cold!! That is a huge perk to me. It is always cold and I can even leave it in the car for a little bit and still cold water at my disposal. 

I highly recommend this bottle to any of you that want to take your water with you on the road but do not want to clutter up the trash cans with plastic bottles. If you're like us you're on the road a lot. This makes it easy to take with you as it fits in most cup holders and can even attach to your bookbag with the easy snap lid. 

I hope you check out this amazing Hydracentials bottle by clicking here. You won't be sorry!


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thankful Thursday..

Todays the day! The favorite post of the week day! :) I love coming in on Thursdays and remembering all we have to be thankful for. We try to do this everyday but let's face it. We don't always do it that way. So this reminds me to sit down, stop and be thankful for all that God has so richly blessed us with.

- Today I'm thankful we are on a break from school. We have been working hard for six weeks and it was time for some downtime. We are using a new schedule this year with sessions on and off.

- I'm thankful for my parents visiting this week.

- I'm thankful for a little cooler weather. It is still burning up but it's noticeably not as hot as it was.

- I'm thankful for a great group of parents in our Scout group this year.

- I'm thankful for cool games to review like the ThinkFun game we are working on right now. This was a huge hit when we got it yesterday.

- I'm thankful for a great homeschool group that we are blessed to connect with several times a month.

So what are you thankful for this week?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Natural Facial Moisturizer - Adovia Review

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I have fallen in love! I have always dealt with crazy dry skin. I live in the South plus I also have a few health conditions that seem to compound that dry skin. This is especially frustrating when it's on your face. 

Dry skin on your face means your makeup doesn't look near as good as you would like. It can look flaky and not well set. 

Enter in Adovia Mineral Skin Care Moisturizing Day Cream. I'm telling you, this stuff is amazing. I love how my skin feels moisturized and light at the same time. I put it on after my shower or everyday before putting on my makeup. 

This cream is hypoallergenic which is another huge plus for me. I have always had sensitive skin so somethings just don't work. This one did. 

The cream is made of Dead Sea minerals which I'm just learning all the benefits that these minerals offer. 

The moisturizer is very lightweight and doesn't feel greasy on your skin. It makes your skin feel wonderful all day and very smooth. 

If you are looking for a great daily moisturizer that you can add to your skin routine, this one is definitely worth a go. Check out the many benefits and other reviews at Amazon where you can purchase Adovia for less than $30.00. 

Get ready to glow and feel moisturized this winter with a fabulous cream just for your face. Don't just take my word for it. Try it out and see what you think! There's a one year 100% satisfaction guarantee on the product. The company is amazing to work with and thinks you're going to love this as much as I did! 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

What To Do When You Have a Bad School Day

Whether you homeschool or go to school, bad school days happen. Maybe not so much bad but rough days. Those days where your child just wants to throw their hands up in the air and quit. They have tears running down their cheeks or sniffles going and aren't sure what they should do. We had one of those days yesterday.

They happen to all of us and sometimes you gotta take a step back. For me, I get frustrated wondering what the problem is. It's something he has done a hundred times. Why is it so hard this time??? So here's what you do:

- Stop and breathe. Both of you. Take a minute to hug your child and just breathe deeply together. Let those great endorphins that kick in when you hug take over for a second. And relax.

- Ask them what's going on. Maybe there's something outside bothering them. A headache. Not feeling well. Can't focus. You get the idea. Talk with them to see what's going on.

- Redirect them. If math is the issue, take a break and work on spelling or do some quiet reading. Take time away from the problem and come back when you are both refreshed and ready to tackle it again.

- Realize it will be there tomorrow. Just because your calendar says today is the day doesn't mean it will be. Give grace in your schedule to your child and to yourself. Somethings take longer than you might have planned and that's okay!

- Try a different approach. Learning styles of each child are extremely different. Even in your own family they are like daylight and dark sometimes. Maybe the way the material is presented in this lesson doesn't work for your visual or auditory learner. It's okay! Improvise an try something new. It might just help it click.

So yes. Rough days do come. They can be varying in degrees of roughness but they do eventually leave too. Take a breath and let yourself relax. Enjoy this time as you'll blink and your child will be in college.

How do you guys get through rough homeschool days? What are some tips you can share?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Week In Review - Last week before a break...

Wow! This week has been jamming all week long!!! We had a ton of stuff going on this week as it's our last week before a break. We are trying the 6 weeks on, 1 week off schedule this year and boy do we need next week! My parents are coming to visit too so it's perfect timing for us to relax.

So we started off the week working on our regular school work. We are finishing up review chapters and closing off chapters with tests before starting our next session. I tried something new with the Apologia science this year. Instead of the notebook journals, we are using the lapbooks you can find here. They are working fantastic and he has such a great time doing them.


We had our second science class this week and the theme this month is cooking. He is having a blast as he is learning all types of things. He made me a delicious taco in class Thursday that he was so proud of. He was yummy!!


We also had lunch with friends Tuesday at the park and Thursday at the park. It was a beautiful day and such a nice one to be outside. It is finally starting to get where we can tolerate the park days again. It gets soooooo hot during the summer here it will take your breath away when you walk out the door. 


He came home that night after class and made dinner for his dad and I. (with a little assistance from Mama). He made tacos and a delicious apple crisp from his first class he took.


We also took time Thursday to remember those many lives lost on 9/11/01. We put our flag down at half mast on Thursday and talked about some of the things that happened. It's hard for me to teach about because this one is different. This one I actually experienced. It's not something I read about but I actually saw it happen with my own eyes. I remember those emotions that flooded the country. This one is different.

Our week has started each morning, except for one, like this.

Tis the season for breathing treatments and allergy flares. Thankfully it's just in the mornings that he is tight and hopefully it stays that way.

We did have a blast yesterday at our very first co-op of our homeschool group. This was a lovely time of learning, playing and growing together as a group. We have quite a talented group of children and Mama's that share their talents with us. I love that we started our "school day" like this... in prayer.

So how was your week? Did you have lots of fun and exciting things going on? Check out the other weeks and link yours up with Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers, Our 4 Kiddos and Homegrown Learners. 

Mega Mesh Screen Door Review

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 Recently I was given the opportunity to review the MEGAMESH Screen Door by Easy Install. This is a magnetic closing screen door that is very simple to install on your door frame. This is a great screen to add to the outside doors of your home to keep the bugs and nasty's out while you get the fresh cool breezes of the fall or spring.

This screen door takes a minute or so to install and can easily be taken down if needed. The velcro attachments make it easy to keep this up as long as you want and leaves no harm to your existing door frames.

Another great aspect of this door is that it is easy for your pets to come and go as they need to. The door closes back with the magnets and seals for a great bug free zone.

This fits doors sized 34" X 82" so make sure you measure your door thoroughly to insure a tight fit. Our front door, as you can see in the picture below, is a little wider but it still worked for us to try it out.



The only thing is my dog is slightly new to the going through the screen aspect so she didn't try it out for me.


I can't wait to try this out when our weather cools down some. Right now in the South it's still 90 and above so keeping the doors open is not really an option. When the fall truly hits, This door will be opened with the screen so we can get that fresh breeze in.

The Mega Mesh Premium Screen runs for a little less than $30 and you can order it on Amazon. Be sure you check your door and measure it before ordering. Some of the ways the company says you can use this is for your RV and home doors where normal swinging doors wouldn't normally fit. This is a hands free door so you can walk through the screen and the magnets let go to allow you in. They then close back up and form that tight bug free seal.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Do you like to leave the doors open in the fall and spring?


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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thankful Thursday... Never Forget

Today is more than just thankful Thursday. Today is a day we will always remember. A day that we will teach our children about in history books or with our first hand experiences. Today is a day we will never forget and hopefully, neither will our children. Today is the day that lives in America changed forever in a blink of an eye.

Even now, 13 years after the tragedy of 9/11, we still sit around and can remember exactly where we were. We remember what we were doing when we first heard the news. We watched in horror as one tower fell. Then the other. We waited with hopes that survivors would still be found, until the last one was. We huddled together and cried. We hung on to our families and that day like we haven't in quite some time. We called those we hadn't talked to and we were all a little kinder. A little more patient. A lot more patriotic than this country has seen in ages.

As my son is older each anniversary, we talk a little more about what happened that day. We discuss the things that took place and each year we dive a little deeper. I don't want my son to forget that day. He wasn't around then but it's something that none of us should ever lose sight of.

So today, as we remember the lives lost and forever changed that day, we will also be thankful for the lessons taught that day. We will be thankful for every breath, every moment together and every opportunity to thank the service men and women who don't hesitate to run at the enemy to protect their own.

I'm thankful for:
 - An amazing man I call my husband. Yes I'm thankful for him a lot but he's a blessing I couldn't have ever imagined. I met him the year after this tragedy happened on September 14th. I remember talking to him on the anniversary of the first year and I was in tears still then. He and I talked about where we were and what we were doing when it happened. Little did I know that a few days later I would meet my husband.

- I'm thankful for this amazing blessing we get to call our son. He makes me smile, laugh and cry on occasion. I have never known that my heart could live outside of my body until I met him. He's smart, handsome, talented and compassionate. I couldn't ask for a better son than him. I love you Boo Bear! Don't ever forget that!

- I'm thankful that I can homeschool that wild bundle of energy. That we can talk about this day and research it for his understanding. That we can chase the rabbits down the whole that might trail off of this and whatever else he may want to learn. I'm thankful that even though there are days I want to pull my hair out, the days that memories are made and sweet laughter is heard are far more and outnumber those bad days.

So take time today and cuddle with your children and family. Pray for those who were forever changed by this day. Pray for those children who lost their parents and will be turning 13 this year. Pray for the families of those service men and women who gave their lives on that day by running into the fire and not away from it. Pray for those who have lost their lives over the past 13 years fighting for our freedom.